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Manhasset Indians Trample Blazers

FootballWin_101714CHomecoming was sensational for the Manhasset Indians (2-3) who played against the Great Neck North Blazers (0-5) this past Saturday afternoon. It was a blustery day, but the fans were hyped for the upcoming game. Click here for more photos. [Read more...]

Munsey Park National Blue Ribbon School

The U. S. Secretary Arne Duncan announced Munsey Park School as one of 337 schools recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.  We were awarded under the “overall academic excellence” category. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. [Read more...]

Art For A Cure

On Oct. 21, Manhasset Artauction_101714AHigh School will host its fifth annual Art For A Cure Student Art Auction. Artwork from students of various ages will be sold to raise money to support the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. The event is being organized by The National Art Honor Society. [Read more...]

Manhasset Art Auction

On Oct. 21, Manhasset High School will host its fifth annual Art For A Cure Student Art Auction. Artwork from students of various ages will be sold to raise money to support the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. The event is being organized by tArtauction_101714Ahe National Art Honor Society. [Read more...]

SCA Executive Board Meeting


The Manhasset School Community Association will hold its monthly Executive Board meeting followed by the HS/MS Joint Parent Council meetin gin the High School Board room beginning 9 a.m.

Marching Band Invitational

MarchingBand_092614AThe Manhasset High School Marching Band and Color Guard, under the direction of Randy Knudsen, Manhasset High School Director of Bands, is excited to announce their 4th Annual Invitational Marching Band Competition, to be held at the Manhasset High School on Sunday Oct. 5, beginning at noon until 2:45 pm. High School bands from Hicksville, Oceanside, Garden City, Roslyn, and Lindenhurst will be joining the MHS Marching Band in a dazzling judged competition of music and marching.

The MHS Marching Band is led by student drum majors Allison Lee (2015), Rose Rutkovsky (2015) and Jeffrey Chin (2016) and their show this year features music from Disney’s Fantasmic. The competition kicks off the marching band season followed by competitions in Bergenfield High School (NJ), the NYS championships at Hofstra University, East Brunswick High School (NJ), and the eastern national championships in Allentown (PA). The MHS Marching Band also regularly performs in the Homecoming Parade each fall and the Memorial Day Parade each spring.

Come see the best Long Island high school marching bands perform elaborate routines in this USBands event. This is an excellent family-oriented opportunity to see musicians perform. Tickets are just $7 for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are free. Music-related and lunch food concessions will be available at the event. For more information, please contact Mr. Knudsen at

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Manhasset Goes Back To School


Ending the beautiful summer on a sunny note, Manhasset students began another school year on Sept. 2. By school bus or car, or on foot, the children anxiously arrived to Munsey Park, Shelter Rock, the Middle School and the High School and were greeted by Dr. Kendall, and Mrs. Murray at Munsey Park, Mr. Geczik and Mrs. Willliams at Shelter Rock, Dr. Schlanger and Mr. Vercessi at the High School/Middle School and of course, Mr. Cardillo, who visited all of the schools and continues to greet the middle schoolers and high school students at the entrance to the campus every day. After entering the freshly decorated and cleaned buildings, the students met their welcoming teachers, who had spent time over the summer setting up their rooms and preparing for the upcoming school year, and they settled in for a school great year.  Click here for photos.

The SCA also began its year by preparing for committees and events and encourages any community members, school personnel and parents to join and further be involved in the education of the children of Manhasset. Its website is Welcome back and good luck to all for another productive, fun, and successful year of school in the Manhasset Public Schools.

SCA Executive Board Meeting

DSCN2548Manhasset’s School Community Association held it’s first Executive Session meeting on Friday, Sept. 12 in the Black Box Theatre at Manhasset Secondary School.

SCA Executive President Tricia Cash opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and introduced the board as well as several committee members and spoke of the  upcoming events.

Liz Tilikas, the Executive Treasurer made a motion to approve the new SCA budget presented last spring. The 2014-15 Executive Board approved the 2014-15 SCA Budget.

Each SCA School President spoke briefly of her school’s upcoming events.  Superintendent of School Charles Cardillo, presented a brief overview of the Long Term Planning Committees efforts and the upcoming proposal of potential bond vote.  Meeting was adjourned by 9:55 a.m.

The Executive Board meeting was followed by the Manhasset Middle School/High School Parent meeting at 10 a.m.


Manhasset Lyons At Harvard

BuckleyLyons_091214AFor 10 months of every year, Manhasset resident Elizabeth Lyons is focused on making sure each of the students in toddler through fourth grade at Buckley Country Day School are being challenged and educated at the highest level.

When those students took a break to enjoy the summer, however, the Assistant Headmaster and Head of Lower School went back to school herself — participating in Harvard University’s Leadership: An Evolving Vision. For Ms. Lyons, switching from educator to student comes very naturally.

“Even though I have been doing this for many years, I definitely feel that there are always new opportunities for learning and my experience at Harvard really validated that feeling,” said Mrs. Lyons, who just began her 11th year at Buckley. “I guess I’ve always been a lifelong learner and I hope I always will be.”

Not only did Lyons have the chance to work with Harvard faculty and experts on school leadership, but she was able to sit side-by-side with some of the finest educators from around the world. In her group there were colleagues from various states, in addition to those from Australia, New Zealand and Dubai.

“There were large group sessions covering many topics, including what you have to unlearn as you move forward in your career, as well as ways of enhancing students performance, which is really what my passion is,” Lyons said. “How we can move students forward in their learning and how we can make sure every single child is given the opportunity to learn to his or her full potential.”

To that end, one of the ideas that Lyons brought home with her from Cambridge was how using interim assessments would be very helpful.

“Doing on-the-spot assessments every day, with every lesson, prevents the gap…not waiting until the end of a quarter, or even end of a unit to see who is not learning,” Lyons said. “We have definitely been doing that here, but it’s a process I plan to formalize at Buckley.”

One of the biggest aspects of the conference for Lyons was the emphasis placed on school culture and the message a school sends out. She related that to Buckley’s vision of the 5 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, Creativity and Character.

“If we say that part of our culture (at Buckley) is that we believe that every child can learn, then what are the behaviors that we expect to see to support that belief,” Lyons asked. “A lot of what I did (at Harvard) really validated so much of what we do here, which was a really good thing.”

Ironically, while reflecting back on her week at Harvard, Lyons stressed that a major takeaway from Leadership: An Evolving Vision was the importance of reflection for all educators.

“I think so many times, we go through our day and our weeks and our months and we don’t take the time to take a step back and think about how is what I am doing supporting children in their learning. Because that’s really what we’re all about,” she said. “I came away with some wonderful ideas that I would like to implement, but I was really pleased at where Buckley is in the realm of education today.”